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Navigating media and communications for councillors

July 11, 2017

The briefing provides an introduction to media and communications for councillors, describing how councils commonly involve councillors in media coverage. It covers some legal issues and describes the ways in which councillors can use the media and direct communication, giving tips on identifying news stories and speaking to journalists.


Communicating elections: lessons from the LGiU experience

February 17, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

We have been covering the local elections for a number of years, writes Ingrid Koehler. We’re almost always the fastest with results from each and every council, we’re comprehensive, and I like to think that as a local government membership organisation we provide the best insight to what’s happening on the…


Local elections: digital scorecard

May 15, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

It seems to me like we’ve been promised each year for a while that this election will be the social media election. I think it may have finally arrived. And if we didn’t notice it, it’s because social media is now so commonplace that we hardly notice. Even the Electoral…


Websites for Local Democracy

March 11, 2015 by Hannah Blythe

Hannah Blythe discusses the value of online communication in local democracy.


5 ways councils can use tech to support better relationships

June 6, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

In The Social Council, an essay recently published in Municipal Futures, I argue that councils need to be doing what they can to support better relationships in councils and in the community.  Thinking less about service provision and more about relationships is the key to real demand reduction and better outcomes.…


A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government

September 30, 2013

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government considers what holds back senior council managers and staff from using social media more extensively, and looks at how West Midlands councils have used them to connect with the public, and “open up traditional public sector silos”.


Public engagement in policy-making: PASC report

July 8, 2013

The Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) published Public Engagement in Policy-Making in June 2013. It is focused on central government but covers many issues pertinent to local government. The report examines open-policy making – what it is, whether it is working, what are the risks and how it can be…


Councillor Camp 2013

December 6, 2012 by LGiU

In a guest post FutureGov's Jon Foster urges digitally minded councillors to get themselves along to Councillor Camp (which the LGiU is very pleased to be part of) - it will be fun, informative and it's free!


Results of annual LGiU winter comms survey

November 13, 2012 by Rob Dale

Councillors, officers and members of the public took part in an informal poll over the last week in a bid to establish which digital communication channels are the most effective during special and specific situations e.g. school and road closures due to snow. The exact question was; It’s November and…


Take part in our annual winter comms survey

November 5, 2012 by Rob Dale

It’s November and the weather is miserable. Icy roads, closed schools and uncollected bins tend to dominate local government over the coming months. Residents will rush to council websites seeking to report problems and find information. Increasingly, there is an expectation for this data to be real time. So what…


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